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Celebrating Technology based Sustainable Urban Development on World Cities Day 2019

Technological support drives sustainable urban development for the global cause.

UN marks 31st October as the World Cities Day, to take up the cause of promoting global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

The broad theme of the World Cities Day followed by the UN is, Better City, Better Life. While the subtheme for 2019 was, ‘Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations’.

As the better half of the world’s population is moving towards the city, Urbanization is the emerging transformative trend. This has necessitated the following of sustainable measures all aspects of life, like housing, infrastructure, climate change, security, food, education, healthcare, etc. 

The enterprises are doing their bit to be a part of the move towards sustainable development. The IT leaders are uncovering applications of new-age technologies like AI, ML, IoT, etc. that can be adopted for the global cause.

Sumeet Walia, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Tata Communications

With a young and rapidly growing population, India is headed towards mass urbanisation. Today, India has one of the most recognised smart city programmes – cities which will drive technological innovation to usher in economic development and citizen engagement. Core to these smart cities is a network of solution providers who are not just looking at new market opportunities, but are committed to building smart solutions to improve the quality of citizen life. Within this, IoT has become a promising technology for addressing social challenges and enabling big data analytics for creating intelligent ecosystems worldwide. At Tata Communications, we believe in a framework where efficient public and commercial services are delivered to individuals by and through a range of connected devices and things to make these services more accessible, reduce environmental impact, and empower communities. We understand and appreciate the nuances around digital transformation. We have worked with thousands of global customers on their digitisation journeys and we are honoured to play a pivotal role in the co-creation of critical Government e-initiatives like the Government e-Marketplace and smart city projects, ensuring citizens benefits from the digital transformation wave.”

Sumeet Walia, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Tata Communications

The Government of India is on a mission to transform Indian cities into smart cities with an aim to improve the standard for living of all citizens and create a better tomorrow for future generations. This is being initiated through the promotion of not just new and innovative technologies such as AI & IoT, but also through sustainable solutions that help protect the environment. We at Syska have been at the forefront of introducing innovative products such as LED lighting which not only consume less energy but are also more efficient. This World Cities Day, let us all pledge to promote the production and consumption of energy efficient and sustainable solutions that contribute towards achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals.”

Rajesh Uttamchandani, Director, Syska Group

The Government of India’s smart cities mission aims to create 100 cities with state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes intelligent lighting & Wi-Fi access points and to continually improve the quality of life of every citizen while building efficient living spaces for future generations. Smart technologies such as LED lighting, IoT, AI and others are all playing their part in building a sustainable environment for our country’s citizens. As a company, Goldmedal has been striving towards developing technology-driven, energy-efficient and affordable solutions that positively impact the lives of our customers. With India heading towards mass urbanisation, we are aligned towards promoting sustainability, enhancing social development and creating new employment opportunities through rapid digital innovations.”

Kishan Jain, Director, Goldmedal Electricals

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